Absa Premiership

Hunt under pressure to win first Wits title

Gavin Hunt (Gallo Images)
Gavin Hunt (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt says he has not ruled out leaving the club in future if an opportunity to coach in international football crops up.

Hunt, who appears to be on the brink of winning the Premiership title with the Clever Boys, added he has ambitions to coach at a World Cup though he expressed doubts it would be with Bafana Bafana. Despite winning three league titles with SuperSport United and bringing success to Wits, the 52-year-old has continually been overlooked over the years for the Bafana job.

He told Soccer Laduma radio, "Any coach’s ambition, my ambition, is to coach in a World Cup. That’s got to be the ultimate, even if you get smashed 3-0 coaching Iran or Saudia Arabia or something like that.

"Honestly though, I think my chances of coaching a foreign team at the World Cup are bigger than coaching our national team, maybe I'll be a Brian Clough… I don’t hold my breath, I work hard and do my thing. I’m very happy with what I’m doing.

"I’m looking at opportunities certainly, and my club knows that. If the opportunity comes in a league that’s, I won’t say more competitive, then it must come."

It is rumoured that the former SuperSport United coach - who won three titles while at the helm of Matsatsantsa - is under pressure to deliver his first title with Wits as his current contract comes to an end.

That's why after defeating Sundowns 1-0 to reclaim the top spot in the title race Hunt was adamant that his primary objective is to do better than last season - when his team finished a distant second to Sundowns - and to keep on bringing through players from the development ranks.

"Last year we came second by 14 points, and I said to them as long as we improve this year.

"I've been here four years, we've improved every year and that's all we need to keep doing. Keep improving, keep producing young players from our academy, which we do all the time.

Hunt can achieve this if his side manage to win their last two fixtures against Polokwane City on Wednesday and Kaizer Chiefs.

Kick off is at 19:30.

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